How Web Entrepreneurs Make Money

There are three basic ways of earning money which include trading time for money, trading money for money and trading expertise and/or value for money.

Society and the formal education system promote the first method of earning money which involves trading time for money. In other words, you work for someone else for a specific amount of time and then they pay you. Working for someone else drains your energy and you don’t make much money.

The second way to earn money is utilized by a small portion of the population and involves trading money for money. In other words, you are earning money through investing. Investing can be risky because if you lack know-how and reserve funds then it’s probably not wise to invest money in the first place. Therefore, many people can’t even try this option because they only have enough money to pay their bills.

The third way to earn money is the best option. This is the entrepreneurial option which involves trading expertise/value for money. This is the strategy utilized by entrepreneurial experts. You have a flexible schedule, work less, and earn more once you invest enough time upfront to set up your entrepreneurship. You can make thousands of dollars a day with this option.

In order to earn money through trading expertise/value for money you need to first figure out who you are as an entrepreneur and what you can give to others. What information do you have that could help others? You can find value from previous work experience or even from your hobbies. From this you can create your intellectual property.

What is Intellectual property? How big is the market for Intellectual property? Is there room for you in the Intellectual property market? These may be a few of the questions you may have when you are researching the information marketing business. First of all, anyone can create intellectual property. You don’t need to be a philosopher, doctor or lawyer. Heck you don’t even need to be a college graduate. You just need to have an area or expertise, or access to an expert, and a drive to succeed.

Intellectual property combines eCommerce and book publishing. For example, you can write and sell an eBook on the Web via your own website or through an affiliate program that you set up. Recent research has found that approximately 6 out of every 10 American adults surf the Web on a daily basis seeking out entertainment and education, as well as to shop for products.

Plus a lot has changed from the early days of the Internet. One such change is the confidence with which people use the Web. They are more comfortable buying online today than in the past. The market accessed through the Web is global and encompasses millions of people, so you can be comfortable in knowing that the information marketing business has room for everyone!

When you market on the Web, you market to your niche. Therefore, you don’t have to worry whether or not your neighbor will want to buy your product. The Web opens many niche markets for you.

If creating and selling intellectual property on the Internet is so simple, why isn’t everyone doing this? The simple answer is that formal educational systems and previous societal beliefs are at fault. In our youth, we are taught to finish school and then “find a good job” which translates to become an employee at a company. The entrepreneurial spirit is not promoted; in fact it is almost shunned.

Don’t let societal beliefs stop you from pursuing your goals. The intellectual property market is wide, diverse, and ready to fill your bank account, if you are ready to meet the challenge of entrepreneurship, work hard and pursue your goals diligently.

New Entrepreneurs Starting Out – Four Practical Tips

It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur–in the last decade, technology has leveled the playing field and propelled an entrepreneurial revolution. As an entrepreneur, you now have more access to information that will enable you to make more intelligent choices more quickly. You have an advantage over big businesses in that you’re lighter, more flexible, and faster on your feet. You can target new markets more quickly, and you can turn on a dime.

But being a successful entrepreneur requires that you look at the big picture and follow a plan through from beginning to end. Rieva Lesonsky, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine gives some practical guidelines that can help you when beginning your own enterprise:

First – Don’t Quit Your Day Job.

Consider starting your business part-time, especially if it’s online, while you’re working and have a steady income. It usually takes six months to a year to get a business going and you don’t want your ability to make your house payment to hinge upon your company being an overnight success. Start with what you can manage, financially and time-wise, and scale up as your business grows.

Second – Find Your Niche.

The days of general stores are over. Particularly online, consumers are looking for stores that specialize. You have to find a need–something a specific group of people want, but can’t get at the big chain stores–and fill it. Advises Lesonsky, “You can’t compete with the big guys, so you have to find where the big guys aren’t and go into your niches.”

Third – Have an Online Presence.

Even if you’re not planning to start an online retail business, consider that the internet can still play a valuable role in your company. Having an online presence eliminates the limitations of physical location and broadens your customer base by, literally, millions. It’s also a great tool for promoting yourself and letting people, even in your own area, know that you’re there, and what you’re doing.

Fourth – Refuse to Quit.

Successful entrepreneurship requires creativity, energy, and a drive to keep going when you fail. Few people realize that before Bill Gates created the extremely successful Microsoft 3.0, he created a Microsoft 1.0 and 2.0, both of which flopped–but he kept at it. And that determination and refusal to give up is what will separate successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful ones.

Says Lesonsky, “Arm yourself with optimism to get beyond the ‘No’ or the trouble. Face the challenge – and yes, entrepreneurship is a challenge and must be treated as such – head on like anything else you just have to get done! There’s nothing wrong in failure–just don’t repeat the same mistake!”